As Yahoo has stated time and again
“Yahoo may not have invented traditional season-long fantasy gaming, but we got it right.”
Another thing they have right is being the first major traditional fantasy sports provider to finally delve into the world of daily fantasy sports offerings. It has been speculated about for almost two years and finally reported as happening in early April but we have waited until today to see what Yahoo has to offer to the Daily fantasy sports industry. And for all of us daily fantasy sports players we should be excited. Let’s take a look at Yahoos entrance from a player’s perspective.
Yahoo has started initially with MLB contests structured with a cross between FanDuel and DraftKings offerings. The biggest difference between Yahoo and the two main sites might be the initial choice to cut down on mass multi entry. Currently for all GPPs in the lobby, the maximum allowed entries for a contestant is 5. The other big difference is the salary starting with a $200 roster budget you choose a lineup of 10 positions.
The pricing will definitely be the biggest piece to adjust too. It is more akin to an auction NFL draft then a traditional salary cap structured daily fantasy sports contest that we are used too. For example on FanDuel Clayton Kershaw is salaried at $12,500 which would be 35.7% of your overall budget. On Yahoo he is $66 which would be 33% of your overall budget. This seems to be the fairly consistent salary structure across the board for MLB tonight. I expect this loose salary to continue as Yahoo makes tweaks to their pricing algorithm. But we might see this continue for the foreseeable future as Yahoo tries to make the game easier for season long converts.
The actual page to build a roster is easy to navigate with very simple FPPG stats displayed. The layout of the page is similar to FanDuels offering and dfs players should have no problems constructing their rosters on the simple lineup building page.
|Bases on Balls (BB)||2|
|Runs Batted In (RBI)||2|
|Stolen Bases (SB)||4|
|Earned Runs (ER)||-2|
The roster and scoring rules are more similar to DraftKings then FanDuel at initial glance. The first major point is a Win being 8 points. Vegas odds will be crucial in trying to predict a winning pitcher. Pitchers are only docked points for earned runs. So it appears paying up for pitching especially starting out with the loose salaries will be key to having early success. You can have six players from the same team in your fantasy lineup as well which is the same as DraftKings. FanDuel limits this stacking much more than its counterparts. Another point that draws clear distinctions to DraftKings is the ability to swap out players after the first contest has started. Effectively referred to as “late swap” this allows you to not be locked into a player whose game hasn’t started even though the actual daily fantasy contest has started.
The first thing that jumps out is the overlay that will most likely occur until Yahoo really gets up and running. They are trying to make a splash and having players convert over to their platform quickly. The lobby itself is extremely easy to use. Yahoo definitely went with a simple platform that can then be added onto down the road. For contest types and also contest offerings, Yahoo stayed closer to FanDuels approach in this regard. Only looking to offer contests for the four major sports and steering clear of the controversial PGA (Golf) and Nascar offerings that DraftKings has had recent success with. Overall it is clear Yahoo took their favorite pieces from the two traditional daily fantasy sports giants and combined it into one easy to use platform. They should have some real staying power and are definitely going to shake up the daily fantasy sports industry.